― djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:05 (6 years ago) Permalink
And perhaps to consider this assertion, from a friend: "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
― djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
Not sure if this is quite inside the Boomkat context, but I'm very fond of this band.
― Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Sunday, 3 January 2010 20:42 (6 years ago) Permalink
"I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
― Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
But certainly there's more interesting new stuff out there besides quasi-classical music aimed at the indie set?
― Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:47 (6 years ago) Permalink
For the most part, I agree with both of the two previous posts.
― djh, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
I do find Richard Skelton quite moving:
― djh, Friday, 8 January 2010 22:32 (6 years ago) Permalink
a lot of that boomkat modern classical kinda stuff is really wonderful
― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:44 (6 years ago) Permalink
who do you rate in particular?
― djh, Saturday, 9 January 2010 16:34 (6 years ago) Permalink
Richard Skelton is one of my very favourite musicians of the last few years. Everything he's done that I have is amazing; particularly notable is the attention to the physical packaging etc (though even without that, the music is amazing).
― toby, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 18:59 (6 years ago) Permalink
What would you go for next, after "Landings"?
― djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:21 (6 years ago) Permalink
i really like Olafur Arnalds. i haven't heard much of his other music, but 'the blue notebooks' by max richter--while a fairly obvious and PFM-approved pick--is really great. 'a box of birch' by a broken consort is good (another skelton project, i think?) would leyland kirby/the caretaker count?
― A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:30 (6 years ago) Permalink
Loving the Kirby album, all three discs of it.
Interesting that Richter's album on the (um, late) Late Junction imprint got picked up by FatCat's neo-classical off-shoot.
― djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:52 (6 years ago) Permalink
these were the other three Type things that arrived from boomkat the other day (in addition to zelienople mentioned elswhere). not listened to it all in depth yet but have shuffled it during last three commutes. i got the On lp (ambient drones), the Goldmund (reminds me of music for airports piano bits) and the recent Helios (like the quiet bits of mogwai)
http://typerecords.com/releases <- handy podcast section
there's also a boomkat winter sale featuring a lot of Type lps, mine came to about £4 each
> "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."
i kinda thought the same with the goldmund, whether there were classical piano works i should be looking up, but in addition to rather than instead of.
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:04 (6 years ago) Permalink
Koogs, thanks for the heads-up on the Boomkat deals. I went for the On record too. Sounds awesome: "SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU AND STEVEN HESS REWORKED BY DEATHPROD... this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album".
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:21 (6 years ago) Permalink
that On cover pic as well, is lovely (folded out is even better). a lot of the Type records have covers that remind me of red house painters 4ad sleeves.
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:26 (6 years ago) Permalink
Also went for the ON cd ...
― djh, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 (6 years ago) Permalink
Yeah, that whole visual aesthetic is something that I'm quite easily sold on. x-post
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:28 (6 years ago) Permalink
(On photographer has more photos here:http://blog.shawnconvey.com/#57065/Your-Naked-Ghost )
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.
Eluvium's piano stuff definitely worth a mention here - An Accidental Memory in Case of Death, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. Also Copia, and Miniatures under his name of Robert Cooper Clarke, more instrumentation but still of the 'classical' bent.
Would be happy to listen to older stuff if I knew of any that sounded like this, but aside from Satie, I don't. Recommendations welcome!
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:31 (6 years ago) Permalink
> Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.
mental guitars = industrial revolution
― koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:17 (6 years ago) Permalink
so anyway, pilfering the Type podcasts. and there's pme by Simon Scott, ex-ex-ex of slowdive. and there's a link to his blog. and there's an lp by him ('Navigare') and a link to Boomkat who gave it record of the week last october
is in a similar vein to the On record (in the way all ambient stuff sounds the same) but with tinges of the old slowdive sound (or am i imagining that?)
(typed in classical piano to amazon's mp3 downloads site. millions of hits. oh um)
― koogs, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:58 (6 years ago) Permalink
Either "Marking Time" or "Box of Birch", I guess. It's all good though.
― toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:35 (6 years ago) Permalink
On a piano bent, it's not exactly the same as this stuff, but if you don't know Chopin's Nocturnes, you should definitely check them out.
― toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:39 (6 years ago) Permalink
this week's boomkat recommendations (link should be good for future use too):
the Minamo sounds nice from the samples (but i have more cheap Type records to check out first). the Owen Pallett is miss categorised i think, sounds more like the beach boys.
i also find there's some crossover with the Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal genre
(the mp3 versions have samples of all tracks, not just the three they choose for the cds)
― koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 13:10 (6 years ago) Permalink
*Loving* On's Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night.
― djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:05 (6 years ago) Permalink
If you like Johann Johannsson you should investigate ... ? (contemporary or otherwise)
― djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
On's a bit bleak for my tastes. Where's the choons?
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:12 (6 years ago) Permalink
Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by Mono & World's End Girlfriend is a bit Johannsonesque. Well it has violins anyway. Pretty miserablist though.
― CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:18 (6 years ago) Permalink
I have never heard of these composers. I assume they sound something like Satie informed by minimalism with subtle O'Rourke-ish electronic touches, with higher production values and lower standards of performance technique than most 'new music'? Which could be great or not, depending.
(Ha, OK, just noticed the Satie comparison.)
― Sundar, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:38 (6 years ago) Permalink
Thanks for the Skelton link!
― Sundar, Thursday, 21 January 2010 17:25 (6 years ago) Permalink
Johann Johannsson & Greg Haines (?) live in London in May:http://www.last.fm/event/1380575+Arctic+Circle+Presents+-+J%C3%B3hann+J%C3%B3hannsson+-+Greg+Haines
― take me to your lemur (ledge), Friday, 22 January 2010 12:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
Hildur Gudnadottier's Without Sinking deserves a special mention.
(Any thoughts on her other releases? I haven't heard them).
― djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:03 (6 years ago) Permalink
this thread title cracks me up and is so otm
― ben bernankles (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:07 (6 years ago) Permalink
Do any of these artists get reviewed as "classical" music in anywhere other than the Wire? Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?
― djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:11 (6 years ago) Permalink
the actual boomkat category is 'classical / home listening / ambient' and it's pretty much a catch all for slow quiet stuff.
― koogs, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:26 (6 years ago) Permalink
Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?
judging from a cursory search, not at all.
― take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:30 (6 years ago) Permalink
Never bought it myself, but I think that the BBC Music magazine (mostly classical, some jazz too) has Late Junction-type stuff in it (Late Junction being the one mainstream radio programme that plays this sorta stuff).
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:38 (6 years ago) Permalink
Nils Frahm added to the Johann Johannsson show.
― djh, Friday, 29 January 2010 22:48 (6 years ago) Permalink
Akira Rabelais has a new album coming out soon. Everyone should listen to Eisoptrophobia. Lovely, haunted reworkings of gorgeous piano pieces from the likes of Satie et al.
― Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Friday, 29 January 2010 22:56 (6 years ago) Permalink
Frahm's The Bells sounded lovely earlier while cleaning the kitchen; Johannsson's Virdulegu forsetar sounding gorgeous now (possibly my favourite classical album ever, up there with my favourite albums of any genre); have also been enjoying Valgeir Sigurdsson's Draumalandid.
― djh, Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:44 (6 years ago) Permalink
Anyone heard the Rachel Grimes album?
― djh, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 10:23 (6 years ago) Permalink
BTW, djh, thanks for starting this thread...hadn't heard Chauveau or Arnalds yet and grabbed a bunch of both. The Arnalds albums I got have rapidly become some of my favourites.
Anyone else picked up the newish Johannsson soundtrack to the film Varmints? Grabbed it on vinyl and ripped it to MP3 (guess the CD isn't out yet) but there seems to be some weird distortion that comes in on the last track of side one...not sure if that's part of the sound or whether my rip was bad...was perfectly clear up until that point. Either way, enjoyed the album.
― Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:43 (6 years ago) Permalink
the Varmints soundtrack turned up in today's boomkat newsletter (vinyl only until april it says) and actually goes by the snappy title "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees"
― koogs, Friday, 5 February 2010 11:49 (6 years ago) Permalink
You can get Varmints on CD - it came out as a tour CD - I got my copy from Insound. It's being re-issued in the UK in April.
― djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 16:17 (6 years ago) Permalink
Free compilation that partly matches this thread's aesthetic here: http://jointhecircle.net/
― djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 20:19 (6 years ago) Permalink
nils frahm's wintermusik sounding fucking gorgeous right now (washing the dishes, glass of red on the go).
― djh, Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:54 (6 years ago) Permalink
Want to echo the Richard Skelton love upthread - Landings is great. Maybe I just don't listen to enough of this sort of thing, but the strings on it sound fantastic, there's a really earthy resonance to them.
― We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 13 February 2010 20:46 (6 years ago) Permalink
In the mood to buy a record in this genre ... Any suggestions?
― djh, Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:59 (6 years ago) Permalink
One artist you may want to check out is Harold Budd - a lot of good albums dating back to the 70s, even. It varies a bit, from very piano-heavy to highly processed, so you'll want to preview them first I guess. I have a soft spot for Lovely Thunder and his collab with the Cocteau Twins, Moon and the Melodies but people often point to The White Arcades as a good starting point. (He also has some newer releases too which I'm somewhat less familiar with.)
― Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 February 2010 17:24 (6 years ago) Permalink
I've been listening to it nonstop for the last couple of days. I think it's a big improvement on their debut (which, mind you, is also good). It passes through more movements, there's more variety and changing of pace - more push and pull between the different instruments.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 7 October 2014 16:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
― djh, Tuesday, 7 October 2014 18:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, love Atomos. Also enjoying the Kiasmos album -- it's Ólafur Arnalds and some other guy
― ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 02:23 (1 year ago) Permalink
Atomos is getting better with every listen.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 9 October 2014 03:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
Trying to find the appropriate forum to discuss my Erased Tapesophobia. Not a dislike of the music they put out, I have it on in the home a great deal. But listening to Atomos these arguments come up again, the same frustration I had with heyday GYBE or Rachels'. The "soundtrack to Myst" quality of it. It's new-age-with-classical-instruments but gets discussed as new-classical. It's so completely easy on the ears that it challenges my laissez-faire attitude towards consonance. That it could actually be improvised by anybody in a few minutes. Between Max Richter being New Music Composer #1, Tim Hecker being Noise Musician #1, I can't tell if I want to embrace The New Consonance or fart on it.
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:19 (1 year ago) Permalink
Of course everything I'm saying is not a potshot but a salute
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
I think I mostly think of it as new age or ambient. I really like it. But some new classical classical is kinda New Consonance as well. Those long serene Morton Feldman pieces. Arvo Pärt. Gavin Bryars (whose most famous album was released by Eno). Gorecki's third. And the new pulitzer-prize winning Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, that I mentioned on the rolling classical thread, and which is rapidly becoming one of my favourite albums of this year, and which you really should all check out!
― Frederik B, Friday, 10 October 2014 15:37 (1 year ago) Permalink
all the people I know who've studied composition hate max richter
― ogmor, Friday, 10 October 2014 15:54 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah Frederick I don't fuck with any of those composers you mentioned, except Feldman and a very rare Pärt. Younger I would've argued against them, now I'm just happy there are composers putting asses in seats. More just like I come home and my bf has got Lukas Foss on the turntable and I'm like "yesssssssss" but ultimately he wants Atomos and not Mica Levi. I'm trying to place consonance in a global, current context, trying to figure out what it means and why people respond to nicey-nice sounds so much more in film score, concert music, noise, ambient, drone etc. than they do in any other genres, where it'll make your track sound sickly
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 17:30 (1 year ago) Permalink
What do you mean by "classical" and "new age", fgti? (That's a non-snarky question, by the way).
― djh, Friday, 10 October 2014 20:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
And why do those who've studied composition hate Richter, ogmor?
― djh, Friday, 10 October 2014 20:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah it sounds as if I'm pissing on new-age I guess but I'm not. Just that the language is so safe and sound. It's nice when things are a little challenging, you know? Or maybe not?
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink
Maybe not. There have definitely been points in my life where consonance has been outside my comfort zone/more challenging than dissonance.
― djh, Friday, 10 October 2014 22:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
fgti's remarks have lead me to self-asses my opinion on this a bit. Because I definitely get that the music seems 'safe and sound'. But in the end, I think that is where the quality lies. Safe and sound is not a disqualification per se, and this ties in with what djh says about consonance.
I don't see Winged Victory as 'new age' myself; I find it a broody, emotional moving piece of work albeit in a very subtle, subdued way. Perhaps it's also because I've been a long time SotL fan and for some reason have grown to respect Adam Wiltzie but also Dustin O'Halloran for their compositional qualities to not take it for generic new-age music (as my personal definition of 'new-age' tends to be: generic soothing music, which I quite frankly can't stand).
But it's a very fine, personal line.
― definite classic, predicting a solid 8/10 from the p-fork boys (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 10 October 2014 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah. I can't really describe why Vanessa Carlton is bad and Tori Amos is good or Clint Mansell's soundtrack to "Requiem for a Dream" is bad but Michael Nyman's for "Prospero" is good without getting exceedingly nebbish about things
And I'm typing this as an enormous fan of Atomos VII-- haven't heard the new album proper-- but also as somebody who found the s/t kind of disappointing bc it lacked the extreme long-form nature of the best of SotL and instead had prettystrings
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 22:45 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah. I agree about the Winged Victory s/t, I didn't take to that and while listening to it more and more thought of it as a 'lazy' affair (despite hating myself for thinking of that term while listening, as it can't have been lazy, made with the best intentions too, but prettystrings seemed intentional). I do think the new one is quite different though. Well thought out and despite its subdued nature has a lot going on. It is ephemeral, whimsical at times, but it does really carry me away and take me on a journey. If you took to Atomos VII I'd be very interested to hear what you think of the whole record, I think it deserves an honest chance before you lump it together with erasedtapes prettystrings :)
― definite classic, predicting a solid 8/10 from the p-fork boys (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 10 October 2014 23:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
Not lumping anything in :) just always hoping to implement some aesthetic corrections in my listening
― fgti, Friday, 10 October 2014 23:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
In the case of AWVFTS in particular - I definitely think of what they're doing as an evolution from ambient music, not a lazy take on classical.
For me, Stars of the Lid really opened my ears with Tired Sounds and Refinement of the Decline--when they shifted from making drone from guitars into making something more beautiful and more powerful with a small string section. Everything they've done since then--Brian McBride's solo albums and A Winged Victory--feels like steps from that point. For A Winged Victory it's less about "ambient" because of Dustin O'Halloran's piano, but to me it still feels related.
As for the rest of the Erased Tapes catalog (Nils Frahm, Olafur Arnaulds, etc), I don't really know where those guys are coming from musically to say it's "safe" or some kind of indie/poser-classical. I only know that I found my way to Erased Tapes via A Winged Victory for the Sullen so in my own mind I'm approaching it all from that perspective. That is absolutely subjective, though.
In any case I really hesitate to call it New Age, a term which has a pejorative whiff to it. I also bristle at "safe" as a descriptor of this music. I guess I don't really understand what I'm supposed to contrast that against. What would make Atomos dangerous? And would that necessarily make it better?
And as far as Atomos vs their debut - the new one is definitely superior. In the context of SotL I kinda get how you could perceive the debut as somewhat rote and less inspired. But I think on Atomos they more clearly show that they are trying to do something different. It's not just SotL with piano. (And for that matter I also like it more than a lot of the other Erased Tapes material I've heard.)
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 11 October 2014 03:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yes yes I am not sure I love ATOMOS but it is amazingly well written and executed, holy cow. I've listened to it ten times now and it's still surprising me with how well paced it is, subtle expansions from track to track, really impressed.
― fgti, Tuesday, 18 November 2014 03:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
Has there been anything good recently?
― djh, Saturday, 27 December 2014 21:41 (1 year ago) Permalink
djh did you see the Textura EOY list posted int he Year-End Polls thread? Lots of great stuff on that list. Currently transfixed by Ian William Craig's Turn of Breath. Also digging Marvin Ayres's Ultradian Rhythms and Vicky Chow's Tristan Perich: Surface Image, among others.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 27 December 2014 22:11 (1 year ago) Permalink
And don't walk past Kyle Bobby Dunn's 'And The Infinite Sadness'.
― a pleasant little psychedelic detour in the elevator (Amory Blaine), Sunday, 28 December 2014 19:16 (1 year ago) Permalink
Been fascinated lately by Aaron Martin's Comet's Coma and Elisa Luu's Enchanting Gaze.
― doug watson, Monday, 29 December 2014 01:52 (1 year ago) Permalink
Ian William Craig's Either Or is nice; quite reminds of Rice Boy Sleep. "A Turn of Breath" seems to be sold out.
― djh, Monday, 29 December 2014 19:22 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah, Ian William Craig's Turn of Breath is really good - it was the most recent Guardian 100 weirdest (but great) albums on Spotify entry
― ornamental cabbage (James Morrison), Thursday, 15 January 2015 04:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
― djh, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 20:08 (11 months ago) Permalink
a winged victory for the sullen, anyone?
i enjoyed the prom. first i'd heard of them was last week's latitude coverage on Late Junction and this week they're on tv playing the Royal Albert Hall...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0640mhj (28 days left)
― koogs, Friday, 7 August 2015 09:36 (9 months ago) Permalink
(some chat here: The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others )
― koogs, Friday, 7 August 2015 09:40 (9 months ago) Permalink
Enjoying the new Hauschka EP A NDO C Y very much.
― the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:25 (9 months ago) Permalink
It cheers me up when this thread is revived.
― djh, Wednesday, 19 August 2015 20:41 (9 months ago) Permalink
Doing my very best. One interesting addition regarding relatively straightforward (though a bit unpolished) solo piano might be Martin Kohlstedt. Dude was playing live way more experimental processing his tunes, but somehow his albums connect with me really well in their own subdued way. Moreso, a supercharming individual.
― the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Thursday, 20 August 2015 15:17 (9 months ago) Permalink
Wrote up two albums by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir for Burning Ambulance today.
― the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 13:10 (8 months ago) Permalink
I'm really enjoying Olli Aarni's Puu Tuulessa (which was ridiculously limited on Cotton Goods).
― djh, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 20:49 (7 months ago) Permalink
― djh, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 20:52 (7 months ago) Permalink
― djh, Thursday, 22 October 2015 19:50 (7 months ago) Permalink
this new Lubomyr Melnyk album is beautiful
― moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Friday, 27 November 2015 14:23 (5 months ago) Permalink
a friend of mine just hipped me to Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon, 'Studies I - XVII for Samplers & Percussion' and it is rad.
― expertly crafted referential display name (Jordan), Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:50 (5 months ago) Permalink
^ been enjoying Yair Elazar Glotman's Études recently, guy's got a good sound
― seb mooczag (NickB), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:04 (5 months ago) Permalink
it's not pretty music btw, it's more like a bear growling in your ear
― seb mooczag (NickB), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:07 (5 months ago) Permalink
― poorzingis (Whiney G. Weingarten), Thursday, 17 December 2015 20:10 (5 months ago) Permalink
Spotify has discovered Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch for me. From the safer, AWftS, piano-era Eluvium end of the spectrum.
― ledge, Saturday, 2 January 2016 12:03 (4 months ago) Permalink
this thread put me on Turn of Breath and for that I am forever in its debt, I keep finding new ways to enjoy this record
― grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Sunday, 3 January 2016 04:52 (4 months ago) Permalink
Boomkat sale is on. Lots of Type Records.
― djh, Sunday, 10 January 2016 20:31 (4 months ago) Permalink
― koogs, Friday, 29 January 2016 14:00 (3 months ago) Permalink
― djh, Monday, 15 February 2016 21:11 (3 months ago) Permalink
Liking this a lot.
JOHANN JOHANNSSON WITH HILDUR GUDNADOTTIR & ROBERT AIKI AUBREY LOWE - END OF SUMMER
PATTERN 002 CD/DVD "lasercut cardboard packaging with full colored innersleeve" PATTERN 002 LP "lasercut cardboard packaging with full colored innersleeve"
End of Summer captures Johann Johannsson's journey to the Antarctic Peninsula to discover the calm scenery of a landscape changing seasons, barely influenced or even noticed by humanity. The super 8 film is a comforting study of a peaceful setting in one of the most crucial and endangered areas of our planet.
Accompanied by rich and detailed field recordings of the surrounding this footage makes a perfect foundation for Johann's musical compositions, performed together with fellow musicians and friends Hildur Gudnadottir and Robert A. A. Lowe. The varying use of cello, voice, synthesizer and electronics creates a listening experience that reflects both the vast beauty of the quiet scenery and the necessary cautiousness of its inhabitants. As if gliding through the steep ice, its rough edges and the harmonious water movements, organic arrangements are patiently devolving into voice and electronic based ambience that adds warmth to the icy, artefact laden environment.
The soundtrack to End of Summer is an emotional, enduring listen and a compelling experience. Forming a soundscape as broad as the view it was inspired by yet equally heartwarming, devotion to the music will slow down time and provide a moment of harmony within times of change.
LP edition features the soundtrack as well as the film's sound design on the B-Side, exclusively on vinyl; DVD + CD package features the film and accompanying soundtrack.
― djh, Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:05 (3 months ago) Permalink
Glad to know about this, it's great. Put me on a Hildur Gudnottir kick all day today.
― sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 26 February 2016 03:29 (3 months ago) Permalink
Might be of interest:
(Revived 130701 imprint).
― djh, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:51 (2 months ago) Permalink
Colin Stetson: Sorrow -- sax-based reinterpretation of Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songshttp://open.spotify.com/album/0SnAsW09FjjOYZ2oHYliyL
Julia Kent - Asperities -- cello-heavy wonderfulnesshttp://open.spotify.com/album/5on5Q09vRTjw24GmaK3pMz
― 🐸 a hairy, howling toad torments a man whose wife is deathly i (James Morrison), Thursday, 28 April 2016 23:06 (4 weeks ago) Permalink
(I have to confess the comment underneath made me chuckle).
― djh, Monday, 2 May 2016 16:11 (3 weeks ago) Permalink